When it was published in 1927, Yuri Olesha's Envy
was celebrated by the Soviet establishment as a condemnation of the bourgeois psyche. But two years later Olesha came under suspicion when Communist officials realized that the novel was a satire. Marian Schwartz
, who translated Envy
for the New York Review of Books
imprint, tells us why Olesha's forgotten masterpiece deserves a second look.
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